Yesterday, in speaking with Jennifer Weddel, the wife of an unemployed semiconductor engineer, President Obama displayed why he is sometimes overrated as a politician.
Instead of hitting F8, which I think is the Obama Compassion Button, he hit F7, which is the Obama Lecture Button.
So instead of getting her pain felt, Jennifer got a lecture.
Take a look-see.
Notice that Obama does not once tell her that he’s sorry about her plight. He asks for her husband’s resume, but he seems to want it more to solve what for him is an intellectual riddle – that an industry he thought was hiring might not be.
In fact, instead of of “sorry to hear that,” he uses the word “interested” about a half dozen times.
And what’s the idea here?
I can tell you that there’s a huge demand around the country for engineers . . . The word we’re getting is that someone in that kind of high-tech field, that kind of engineer, should be able to find something right away.
Ma’am, your husband is a fat, lazy hippopotamus who isn’t looking too hard for a job and probably lost too many IQ points because of prescription drug abuse to continue as an engineer. Tell the loser to send me his resume so I can have National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling use it as a dart board in his office.
Okay, I made that last part up. But you’d be excused for thinking this might be the subtext.
What’s more, according to the tech blog Gizmodo, Obama has his facts wrong.
Not all tech jobs are created equal, even in engineering. And manufacturing jobs in technology are moving overseas, or going away altogether, just as surely as they are in other sectors. Moreover, the problem is, anecdotally at least, even harder for experienced workers like Weddel’s spouse . . .
For Americans who build something you can hold in your hand, like a semiconductor and the devices they enable, it’s still tough out there. President Obama, and the Washington establishment in general, ought to know that.
It’s true Republicans don’t have their A game on. There’s no Ronald Reagan in the hunt for the nomination. But the Democrats are also missing their A game, who went by the name of Bill Clinton.